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the finish now under way, both campaigns in full attack mode. advantage clinton, but battleground polls too close for comfort. tonight, what to watch for in the final days. nbc news exclusive. america's top secret weapons of cyber war. ready to take action against russia, and intelligence sources tell nbc news, we're already inside. horrific discovery. a woman missing for months, found alive, chained up in a storage container. a convicted sex offender under arrest, and tonight, another grisly find. and exploding washing machines. another warning about samsung. hundreds of top-loading washers suddenly blowing apart. tonight, a massive recall, an alert for millions of families.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening from our nbc news election center. there are four days to go. and tonight donald trump and hillary clinton are playing the end game. they head into the final weekend of the race battling through a deafening echo chamber of polls. hyper-focused on the states and the voters they think can turn this close election their way. for trump, it means electoral nearly a dozen states between now and the election. while for clinton it's a strategic defense to what she hopes will be a firm path to victory. let's begin with nbc's andrea mitchell. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the pace is picking up. hillary clinton hitting three major cities in battleground states. the clinton team revealing what they hope is a winning strategy going into this final weekend. hillary clinton tonight trying
rallying voters in states barack obama won easily four years ago. in pennsylvania -- >> this is one of those make-or-break moments for the united states. >> reporter: -- and michigan, where her lead now has narrowed to four points. the clinton team's closing strategy now emerging. first, keep going negative. clinton in full attack mode against donald trump for his business and tax practices. >> i don't know how he lives with himself. doesn't he see? doesn't he see what we see? the millions of moms and dads balance the demands of work and family? or does he just not care? >> reporter: second, turn out the base. in a race where top aides tell nbc news, they see few voters still undecided. clinton hoping to boost african american turn-out, with disappointing early voting numbers in some battlegrounds. the president out in north carolina again tonight for the second time in three days, making it personal. >> if you deliver north carolina
>> reporter: and trying to hold back the crowd shouting at a trump supporter. >> i told you to be focused and you're not focused right now. don't boo. whoa! >> reporter: the campaign also targeting suburban women and millenials. at a rally with pharrell williams and bernie sanders at a rally in north carolina last night. and finally, stay on message. but tonight, bill clinton raising eyebrows with this shot at melania trump. >> i never felt so bad for anybody in mli his wife going out giving a speech, saying, oh, cyber bullying was a terrible thing. i thought, yeah, especially if it's done at 3:00 in the morning against a former miss universe by a guy running for president. >> reporter: the sprint to the finish now on, the clintons and the obamas said to appear together on election eve in philadelphia. nbc news, andrea mitchell, nbc
>> reporter: this is peter alexander in hershey, pennsylvania. donald trump investing his campaign's final hours touring rural america. >> we have to rebuild our country, folks. >> reporter: trump's strategy to turn red regions even redder. looking to offset by -- his weakness with moderate republicans by boosting turn-out among white working class voters. >> the trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving ohio and from leavi stops in counties that mitt romney won by wide margins. including thursday night rallying backers at a farm in selma, north carolina. 17,000 in attendance. the nominee on stage with veterans. >> and these great generals and these great medal of honor recipients behind me, to think of her being their boss, i don't think so. ? trump train roll on down the line ??
pennsylvania, trump supporters claim they've been let down by the washington establishment. >> this year, we have someone who is not the establishment, and that's why they're all getting in line. >> reporter: trump's aides tell nbc news, he'll hit ten battlegrounds in three days, including left-leaning states like nevada and michigan. also returning to the trail, sarah palin, with stops in michigan and north carolina. and just released, trump's closing ad, striking a populist tone. >> the only force strong enough to save our country is us. >> reporter: at trump's ts boiling over. former new hampshire governor john sununu today intervening after one man shouted "execute her." >> now, you don't need that kind of stuff, really and truly. >> reporter: tonight, trump senior aides insist to me that trump is on offense, targeting exclusively blue and battleground states. the fact that his weekend schedule is all over the map, shows that the campaign is still struggling to sort out its best path to 270 electoral votes. lester? >> peter alexander, thank you
let's bring in the moderator of "meet the press", chuck todd. let's pick up on what peter was saying there, this path. if you look at the itineraries of these two candidates, what do you see? >> look, the schedule is king. that's what it tells you here. it's a focused strategy for clinton. just four states she'll be hitting multiple times. florida, ohio, new hampshire, and pennsylvania. but it's where she's going. philadelphia, cleveland, pembroke pines, this is a targeted strategy to gin up the african-american vote. this is the thing they worry about most. if they have a low turn-out of african-americans, it could flip pennsylvania, could cost them ohio, and in razor-thin florida. watch what happens when i add the trump itinerary to this map. as you see, trump is going everywhere, almost coast to coast, from florida to nevada and a bunch of places in between. and it goes to the issue that peter brought up, which is this.
carolina, ohio. but he's looking for another state. he's trying colorado, they're going to try new mexico, they're going to try anywhere. the point is, that schedule screams to me, they know they're behind and they know they might be blocked. >> all right, chuck todd, thank you very much. this will be our home here for the next several days. a program note, our election night coverage begins at 7:00 eastern time, 4:00 pacific. decision night in america, we hope you will join us on tuesday. amid heightened concerns over possible russian interference in this election, a hacker calling himself guccifer 2.0, who american intelligence has link to russian intelligence, has issued an ominous call to action to fellow hackers for election day. but if russia were to launch a cyber attack as americans vote, the u.s. is ready to retaliate. tonight our cynthia mcfadden has a look inside classified u.s. plans for cyber warfare. >> reporter: tonight, nbc news can report the existence of top
states has had in place for several years, to take action against the russians. according to a high-level intelligence official and top secret documents, reviewed by nbc news, the u.s. has penetrated the russian control systems in key areas, including telecommunications, the electrical power grid, and even inside the kremlin. admiral james stavridis, formerly nato commander. >> we are significantly better on the offensive side than any of our opponents, buey >> reporter: how to use these 21st-century weapons, colonel gary brown served as the judge advocate for u.s. cyber command. >> there just aren't any hard and fast rules set. there are no definitions. this is one of the things we struggle with in international law. >> reporter: so cyber war, if i can use that phrase, is still the wild, wild west. >> cyber war is undefined. >> reporter: but the weapons of cyber war are very clear.
during the first wave of the war in iraq. temporarily turning off the power grid in baghdad. adding to the war's shock and awe. how is it done? >> the techniques that you use for espionage, are almost exactly the same techniques you would use to engage in a cyber attack. you gain access to a network. you'd establish your presence on a network, and then you're poised to do what you would like to do with the network. >> reporter: some argue taking action could lead to dangerous escalation. >> but i would argue a point given what we have already seen from russia, we had hit the point of requiring a response, if we see a significant cyber event on election eve. >> inside the obama administration, the hope, these cyber weapons will not have to be used. >> it's a new world, isn't it? >> indeed. >> all right, cynthia, thank you. today in south carolina, investigators made their second disturbing discovery in as many days. a body was found in the same
missing woman was held captive for months. found alive in a storage container. nbc's gabe gutierrez has late details for us. >> reporter: today as investigators swarmed a sprawling compound in south carolina, another chilling discovery. >> we did find a body in a shallow grave on this piece of property around 10:00 this morning. >> reporter: this a day after sheriff's deputies found kala brown alive. she'd been missing since august, along with her boyfrnd authorities say brown was chained by her neck and ankle. in a padlocked metal storage container, roughly the size of a school bus. today the owner of the property, registered sex offender todd kohlhepp was charged with kidnapping. prosecutors expect more charges. >> it's unbelievable how much ammo he had in those buildings. >> reporter: his neighbor said he kept to himself and installed this fence. >> it's unusual to be fencing in 95 acres in a quiet neighborhood
>> it's great just knowing that she's alive and i can go see her and hug her and tell her how much i love her. >> reporter: but authorities say brown saw kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend. and that she believes there are at least four bodies buried on this property. the one found today has not been identified. >> it's something out of a horror film. it's not something you expect to hear about in real life. >> reporter: the couple had dinner august 29th at their apartment before they vanished. after several weeks, mysterious facebook page, suggesting the pair was fine. their families believe the account was hacked. police were able to track brown's phone to this massive property where tonight an urgent search is under way for more victims. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, woodruff, south carolina. a verdict handed down today against "rolling stone" magazine.
defamation with actual malice over a 2014 article alleging a gang rape on the university of virginia campus. the story that shocked so many concerned a girl identified as jackie who claimed she was brutally sexually assaulted at a fraternity party. but several inconsistencies later became apparent in the story and "rolling stone" retracted it months later. and another major trial verdict today in the bridgegate scandal. two former allies of new jersey governor chris christie found guilty on all counts for a political revenge scheme to cause a traffic jam on the george whi 2013. christie, who leads donald trump's transition team, wasn't charged, but as our stephanie gosk reports, his bridgegate troubles are not over. >> there are some delays out there. >> reporter: the four days of traffic at the george washington bridge, created a nightmare three years ago. today a jury found new jersey governor chris christie's former deputy chief of staff, bridget anne kelly and former port authority director bill baroni,
prosecutors allege it was a form of political retribution against a local mayor. >> it lends credence to the cynical notion that people have that people in government can't and shouldn't be trusted. >> reporter: governor christie was never charged with a crime. >> i had no knowledge of it. and there has been no evidence ever put forward that i did. >> reporter: but it often felt that he was the one on trial. with both the prosecution and defense arguing he knew more than he admitted. david wildstein, a former port authority official testified that he told christie about the plot as the scheme unfolded, during this conversation at a 9/11 memorial in 2013. since the scandal, christie's approval ratings have sunk to historic lows. >> i am proud to endorse donald trump for president! >> reporter: now he's tying his political future to trump. >> i would say this puts a real cloud over governor christie. i think it would be very hard for him to serve in the trump administration, should that ever
>> reporter: bridgegate isn't over. christie will appear in court later this month, after a judge ruled that a civilian complaint against him, be sent to a prosecutor for possible criminal charges. today christie released a forceful statement, repeating he had no knowledge of the lane closures. anything said to the contrary over the past six weeks in court is simply untrue. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. u.s. officials say three american service members have been killed after a shooting outside a military base in southern jordan. the shots werepp as a car carrying the americans was trying to enter the base. jordan is a key u.s. ally in the fight against isis. officials are investigating what happened and trying to figure out who fired the shots. lots more to tell you about tonight. still ahead, a massive safety recall over a potential danger in millions of american homes. samsung washing machines exploding in yet another huge crisis for that company. also, how the newest face of
there's another major recall tonight involving samsung, but this time it doesn't involve the galaxy note 7 phones that catch fire. instead, this recall involves nearly 3 million top loading washing machines that can suddenly explode while in use. federal regulators have reports of nine injuries, including one owner who suffered a broken jaw. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the photos and
>> very loud and very violent. >> reporter: new samsung washing machines, tearing themselves apart mid wash. >> thank god there was nobody in the room, because it probably could have killed somebody. >> reporter: in pennsylvania, micah martin had loaded the washer with sheets. >> about an hour later, we heard a big crash, sounded like the roof was caving in. came upstairs to find the top part completely on the floor, blown off. >> reporter: the tumbler explod o the machine warped and shredded. parts scattered on the floor. >> the top, the lid, the barrel had completely came off its hinges. i've never seen anything like it. it's like a bomb went off inside the washing machine. >> reporter: today the consumer product safety commission said it's recalling nearly 3 million washers, after receiving 733 complaints. so far, nine injuries, including severe bruising, an injured shoulder and a woman with a broken jaw.
is going to be near one of these machines when the top blows off and they're going to get killed by it. >> it's that serious? >> yeah, i think it could be, absolutely. >> reporter: the 34 models were sold at major appliance stores from march 2011 until now. to find out if your samsung washer has been recalled, find the model number and serial number on the back of the washer, and enter it at samsung.com. you can choose to get a repair kit to reinforce the lid or get a rebate to buy a new washer. until then, owners are encouraged to use the delicate or waterproof cycles. tom costello, nbc news, rockville, maryland. we're back in a moment with a big buzz over a famous face coming to the "snl" stage for
the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9%. the most encouraging news, hourly pay also increased. the latest report makes a record 73 straight months of job growth. meet the history-making new face of cover girl. the cosmetics company has named nura afia, a muslim woman and beauty blogger the first woman to ever wear a hijab in a cover girl advertisement. she's starring in a new campaign alongside such big names as sofia vergara and popstar katy perry. and an announcement that set social media ablaze today from our friends at "saturday night live," comedian dave chappell will host "snl" for the first time on november 12th, along with musical guest, a tribe called quest. the announcement is met with surprise after he left his own critically acclaimed sketch comedy show back in 2003, and then for the most part, stepped out of the national spotlight.
world series champions, the chicago cubs. because they've been waiting to throw this party since 1908, you better believe they went all out. our kevin tibbles is there. >> reporter: the chicago blues. cubs style. a blue sea of home colors, for the world series champs. they have the trophy to prove it. >> hey chicago, what do you say because you got no win today. >> reporter: i think we found a star. the making, even for a kid. >> it's not 108, but it's a lot for me. >> reporter: they even dyed the chicago river cubby blue today. >> go cubbies! >> welcome to cub-sock 2016. look at this thing. >> reporter: the city estimates some 5 million people of all walks of life came together. >> this is history in the making. >> reporter: the magnitude of this victory, not lost on the players. >> every single person that has worn this jersey, i feel like, won the world series with us
fans, not forgotten either. >> thank you, and congrats. you guys are world champs. >> reporter: just up the street in a greasy burger joint, whose original owner cursed the cubs 71 years ago when his pet goat was booted from wrigley -- is the curse over? >> the curse is over now. [ applause ] >> reporter: a team celebrated
our big story tonight an arizona teen guilty of terrorism charges learning his fate. mahin khan pleaded guilty to three charges including conspiracy to commit terrorism. our investigative reporter wendy halloran is live in the newsroom with this story. >> reporter: well stacia, it was a shocking the first terror-related case in arizona, in which there has been a conviction and was tried at the state level. at first mahin khan appeared to be a troubled young man. at least that's what school records showed. but prosecutors say it was far deeper than that. mahin khan shakes his head when the fbi special agent makes his case as to why the judge should sentence him to the max. >> at the end of the day the fbi has a duty to protect the
violence from the extremist acts that mr. khan continued to revert to planning and attempting to carry out. >> reporter: fbi records showed khan repeatedly communicated with a man he believed to be a fighter with isis in syria. he tried several times to obtain weapons including pressure cooker bombs so he could attack buildings in maricopa county. khan's father tells the judge in this day and age of social media and video games, is simply misunderstood. a lost child who needs help. >> that's the mental capacity of an adult or the maturity. >> reporter: mahim's mother was inconsolable. >> i want you to know how much i have been suffering since the day he was taken from me. he's the only son i have. >> reporter: the defense attorney argues khan is no terrorist, but rather a teenager who was baited. >> instead what you see is a